An Ocean of Minutes

Thea Lim (Author)
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Gallery Books
Publish Date
July 10, 2018
5.6 X 1.1 X 8.5 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Thea Lim is the author of An Ocean of Minutes and The Same Woman. Her writing has been published by the Southampton Review, the Guardian, Salon, the Millions, Utne Reader, and others. Lim has received multiple awards and fellowships for her work, including artists' grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. She grew up in Singapore and lives in Toronto with her family.


A strikingly imaginative time-travel story unlike anything I've ever read, rich with pinpoint emotional insight and fierce, vivid observations about a future that's already our past.--Elan Mastai, author of the bestselling ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS
An Ocean of Minutes is a time machine into the future of this moment. Gripping and graceful, it's dystopian love story as told by a visionary. Thea Lim's novel reads like the birth of a legend.--Mat Johnson, award-winning author of PYM and LOVING DAY
Amidst the breathtaking world Thea Lim has created in An Ocean of Minutes is a profound meditation on the inhumanity of class and the limits of love. It takes immense talent to render cruelty both accurately and with honest beauty--Lim has pulled it off. This is a story about the malleability of time, but at its core lives something timeless.--Omar El Akkad, author of AMERICAN WAR
An Ocean of Minutes is a buoyant, compelling tale ranging from the everyday beauty of falling in love to a frightening vision of a dystopian present day. Ms. Lim's imagination is boundless and dynamic.--Jennie Melamed, author of GATHER THE DAUGHTERS
[T]he novel oscillates between the present and future--a jarring juxtaposition that's equally touching and heartbreaking... Lim's writing shines brightest when she's ruminating on time, memory, and love... A beautiful debut exploring how time, love, and sacrifice are never what they seem to be.--Kirkus
Lim's enthralling novel succeeds on every level: as a love story, an imaginative thriller, and a dystopian narrative.--Publishers Weekly, starred review
One of "10 Prescient new feminist dystopias to read after THE HANDMAID'S TALE."--Entertainment Weekly
An Ocean of Minutes is an astute novel. Using familiar speculative fiction tropes, Lim takes a love story and turns it around, ending up with a tale of self-possession and survival.--Bookreporter
Lim's steady prose and deft character development ensured that I was hooked on Polly's story from beginning to end. [F]ull of fascinating social commentary on class differences, racism and's easy to fall into this novel and become emotionally involved in Polly's journey and her search to find the people she loves.--Los Angeles Times
"Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes is that rare thing--a speculative novel that is as heartfelt as it is philosophical."

--Esi Edugyan, Man Booker Prize Finalist and author of Washington Black